Seaside Fire Department has begun a residential Knox Box program available to residents with special needs. A Knox Box is a rapid-entry system designed to provide secure emergency access to a home or property to those living alone or with a history of medical problems.
About the Program
When a fire breaks out or there is a medical emergency, a Knox Box allows the Fire Department to gain immediate access to the home without forced entry damage or delay. The boxes are a vault-style metal box with a door hanger attached and are meant to be placed over the top of the resident’s front entry door. Inside the box, a key to the residence is securely placed for access by emergency crews.
The Knox box will remain the property of the Seaside Fire Department and is only loaned to residents for use at the address listed on the application.
The Knox box shall be hung on the front door or securely attached next to the front door, and participants are to provide the Fire Department with a key to the door.
Should the homeowner ever change the door locks, it is the resident’s responsibility to notify the Fire Department and provide us with the new door key.
The loaner Knox box shall be returned to the Seaside Fire Department when the original participant no longer resides at the property address in question.
For information on obtaining a loaner Knox Box through the Seaside Fire Department or purchasing a Knox Box of your own, please call 831-899-6790
In order to be deemed eligible and loaned a Knox box from the Seaside Fire Department a person must:
Reside within the boundaries of Seaside or Del Rey Oaks.
Have an existing short-term medical or physical condition that could render them unable to open a locked entry door in the case of an emergency (i.e. individuals recuperating from a hospital stay or awaiting placement in an assisted living or skilled nursing facility).